Northern Michigan University kicked off the new school year today, and the tradition of Fall Fest came along with that.
Students made their way through well over a hundred booths and activities set up next to the University Center.
Fall Fest is a way to make the students familiar with the wide range of campus groups that they can participate in.
“We have something for everybody,” NMU Volunteer Center assistant coordinator Carrie Grishaber said. “We have over 300 student groups on campus, and a third of them are represented here, so there’s definitely an organization for everyone.”
But Fall Fest also involves discovering new things about the Marquette area as a whole.
Nearly a hundred businesses and 25 nonprofit groups were on hand.
“It’s a perfect opportunity for local businesses to the Northern students, especially freshmen who are new to the community,” Betsy Morais of the Lake Superior Community Partnership said. “It’s just great to get out there, hand out business cards, coupons, that sort of thing.”
This was the 32nd straight year that Fall Fest drew in hundreds of students before, between or after classes on day one.